Juan Rodrí­guez Morales

Location: Madrid (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Born in Madrid (Spain),  Juan Rodríguez Morales  is an emerging documentary photographer based in Madrid.  In 2003, he completed his studies in psychology. Afterwards, he studied photography in Alcobendas (Madrid) at... read on
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Updated Oct 2015

"Peloteros": the name with to baseball and softball players are known in the Caribbean

Baseball is considered by Dominicans as "The king of sports". Introduced in the country by Cuban immigrants in the nineteenth century, it is today, a sign of identity for its people being the largest exporter to major league of the United States of America. But not all Dominicans who play baseball or "pelota" (as they call it,) outside Dominican Republic do it in the big clubs of American or National League. Most of them are emigrants who have had to leave their country looking for a better life and a best future.

In Spain, the Dominican community is one of the largest immigrant communities and, of course, continues to play baseball. With the arrival of good weather, season starts and improvised baseball fields begin to emerge on hundreds of Spanish cities. Every Sunday becomes a day party not only for hit the ball and run the bases. It is also a day to live together and remember the roots of a country that has been left behind. Players and their families, all come together for a day to live the Dominican way and enjoy the food, the drinks, the music and above all, a good game of "pelota". Let´s start the game! Plaibol!

"Peloteros": nombre con el que se conoce a los jugadores de beisbol y softball en los países del Caribe. 

El béisbol es considerado por los dominicanos como "El rey de los deportes". Introducido en el país por inmigrantes cubanos en el siglo XIX es, a día de hoy, una seña de identidad para sus habitantes siendo el mayor exportador de las grandes ligas de Estados Unidos. Pero no todos los dominicanos que juegan al béisbol o "pelota" (como ellos lo llaman) fuera de la República Dominicana lo hacen en los importantes clubes de la Liga Nacional o la Liga Americana. La gran mayoría son emigrantes que han tenido que salir de su país buscando unas mejores condiciones de vida y un mejor futuro laboral.

 En España, la comunidad dominicana constituye una de las comunidades de inmigrantes más importantes y, por supuesto, siguen jugando al béisbol. Con la llegada del buen tiempo da comienzo la temporada e improvisados campos de béisbol empiezan a surgir en cientos de ciudades españolas. Cada domingo se convierte en un día de fiesta en el que no solo se batea una bola y se corren unas bases. Es también un día para vivir en comunidad y recordar las raíces de un país que ha quedado atrás. Los jugadores y sus familias se reúnen para vivir un día a la manera dominicana y disfrutar de la comida, la bebida, la música y sobre todo, de un buen juego de "pelota". Que empiece el partido. Pleibol!!


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